Special edition: Soup
Mon | Meatless meal
Make White Bean and Fennel Soup to kick off our week of Stir Crazy soups. To make the soup, saute 1 diced onion and 1 small sliced fennel bulb in oil until tender. Add 5 cups vegetable broth, 1 (14-ounce) can each drained cannellini beans and diced tomatoes, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, pepper to taste and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until fennel is tender. Discard bay leaf. Add 3 cups spinach and cook until wilted. Serve with thick slices of country bread.
Tues | Baking party
Turn to Page 4E and pick out some cookie recipe for tonight's baking party. Bakers can't live on sugar alone so how about picking up a few quarts of Greek Avgolemono Soup and serving it with toasted pita and hummus? Go light, because you know there will be cookies and milk later.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
For this simple Chicken (or Turkey) Noodle Soup (recipe below), you could actually use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. That is if you haven't already eaten every last shred on a piled-high turkey sandwich. Keep the calorie count low by serving the soup with saltine crackers and some fresh fruit.
Thurs | A hearty bowl
Tonight, you'll need some energy to shop. Serve quick-cooking Sausage, Spinach and Lentil Soup and then grab your wallet. The mall awaits. To make the soup, bring 6 cups of your choice of broth to a boil. Add 10 ounces lentils, 1 cup diced carrots and 2 minced garlic cloves. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until lentils are soft. Add 1 pound sliced cooked kielbasa and fresh chopped spinach.
Fri | Warm the heart
Asian Dumpling Soup can be meatless by using vegetable broth and frozen dumplings. Puree 2 cloves of garlic with a 2-inch piece of peeled ginger and fry in oil with 1 bunch of sliced scallions. Add 3 cups each broth and water, 1 tablespoon each soy sauce and sherry and a pinch of sugar. Bring to a boil and add frozen dumplings, julienned carrots and snow peas. Bake frozen egg rolls to go with.
Janet K. Keeler can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8586. Follow @roadeats on Twitter.